podcasts

Pandora finally brings podcasts to its desktop app

Pandora finally brings podcasts to its desktop app

Nearly one year ago, music streaming service Pandora launched podcasts on its platform, but they were only available through its mobile apps. That has finally changed with the arrival of podcasts on its desktop app for Windows and Mac, as well as the Pandora.com website. With this change, users can easily access podcasts while working on their laptop, streamlining their activities.

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Netflix will release a scripted podcast based on Daybreak next month

Netflix will release a scripted podcast based on Daybreak next month

Netflix is getting into the podcast market with the launch of its own scripted podcast, according to a new report. The company plans to release a podcast based on its Daybreak original show, the report claims, one that will have half a dozen episodes designed to build upon what the video series. The work will join other originals from companies like Marvel.

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Law & Order team announces Hunted scripted podcast show

Law & Order team announces Hunted scripted podcast show

The team behind hit television crime show Laws & Order have announced a new original podcast called Hunted that will tell the story of a fictional Deputy Marshal named Emily Barnes. The podcast is described as a scripted audio fiction series, one that will be produced with Wolf Entertainment, the company that produces Wolf TV shows like Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SUV, Chicago PD, and more.

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Marvel will create several exclusive podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora

Marvel will create several exclusive podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora

Marvel has announced that it will create a large number of exclusive podcasts for the SiriusXM and Pandora services under a new multi-year deal between it and SiriusXM. This is the company's largest podcast deal ever, joining one penned with Stitcher earlier this year. Marvel universe fans can expect the new podcasts to arrive on the platforms starting next year.

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Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

If you haven't noticed by now, Spotify is really excited about podcasts. For quite some time now, Spotify has been offering podcasts alongside its vast music library, letting Premium users subscribe to their favorites and download episodes for offline listening. Spotify also allows pretty much anyone to list their podcasts, but it may soon take that one step further by offering easy access to tools to actually create a podcast.

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Marvel plans to release a new fictional podcast series with Stitcher

Marvel plans to release a new fictional podcast series with Stitcher

Marvel has announced plans to release a new fictional podcast series called Marvels that will take place 'in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City, for the fate of the world,' according to the company. The podcast series will be launched with Stitcher, the company best known for its podcast listening app.

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Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

This is not a drill, and it's no longer a beta! Spotify for Podcasters is now an active, live system with which Spotify will take on the likes of Apple, Google, and the folks behind Stitcher. With Spotify for Podcasters, people making podcasts will have access to detailed analytics, user data, and options "to drive discovery" for their content.

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Google Search can now play podcasts directly from results

Google Search can now play podcasts directly from results

Over the years, Google has been improving search results to give users less reason to navigate away from Google just to find simple answers to their questions. Those range from snippets presented in answer boxes to even video clip previews. On Android, it may even present more information or more controls that remove the need to switch an app. Now Google is doing the same for podcasts by letting users not only search for relevant podcasts but even start listening to them right then and there within the search results page.

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The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Spotify has formed a partnership with Higher Ground, the production company owned by President Barack and Michelle Obama. Under this deal, Higher Ground will produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify, making them available to the service's millions of users. Among other things, Spotify says the Obamas will 'lend their voices' for certain podcasts.

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Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify is attempting to tackle the podcast discovery problem with a new test that'll start this summer. The service, which only recently added podcasts to its vast library, will present five podcast playlists to a small percentage of users in the United States, Canada, UK, and a number of other countries. Each playlist will be themed to help users choose which contains content most appropriate for their current needs and interests, including things like 'geek culture' and comedy.

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Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts is slowly developing into a proper podcast app with the addition of new -- and some would say, basic and expected -- features already available in many competing products. With the most recent update, Google Podcasts can now be set to automatically download the newest episodes in the podcasts you listen to, eliminating the need to manually find and download the content.

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Google search surfaces podcast episodes, but not by topic (yet)

Google search surfaces podcast episodes, but not by topic (yet)

Back in March, we caught wind of a small-scale Google test that surfaced individual podcast episodes in Search results. Today, that Google Podcasts functionality is rolling out to Search on both desktop and iOS. This, importantly, is a way for iOS users to tap into Google Podcasts, as the company still hasn't launched the official app for that particular platform.

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